Amazon live TV DVR tipped to battle TiVo, Slingbox

Amazon is planning to add physical storage to its Amazon Fire TV device creating a DVR that would compete with Tivo and Sky Q

Amazon is planning to add physical storage to its Amazon Fire TV device creating a DVR that would compete with Tivo and Sky Q

According to sources who spoke with Bloomberg, Amazon is hard at work on a DVR for the Fire TV and smartphones.

Fire TV devices now are capable of streaming live video from a selection of content providers, such as HBO and Showtime, but the devices can't store video locally. We've reached out to Amazon for comment and will include it when we hear back.

"Frank" is the latest in a string of connected Amazon devices aimed at the home. This device would be at the center of a new service slightly different from that of the devices offered by TiVo and Dish. Rumors suggest that the DVR is now being developed at Amazon's Lab 126 R&D center, and we'll probably see a whole lot more, soon.

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Amazon is working on a networked DVR for live broadcast programming, Bloomberg reported Friday. The company has been investing in original movies, TV shows and live sports to make its Prime membership an alternative to streaming services like Netflix Inc.

Bloomberg noted that Amazon also plans to update its Fire TV stick with newer software and is working to get Fire TV software and video content onto more TVs made by other companies. The company already sells Fire TV streamers, the new Fire TV Cube and TVs from Toshiba that have the Fire TV interface built in.

Amazon is set to shake up the cable insudtry with a new TV box that allows users to record live shows without a subscription.

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